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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: divine gabar <>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 19:56:35 +0000
Subject: hello

My name is miss divine , I am a single girl looking for someone who can
shear good relationship with me who understand love as trust and caring not
taking it as ways of fun always but a matured person with good sense of
hornour after reading little about you i derive my interest on you,please
write me on this address i will be waiting for your reply so i tell you more
about me and send my pictures to you. i got your contact after my prayers so
i believe the direction of God.
sending kisses with love

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